The Sarpy County Board has approved a $4,700 contract with the Austin Peters Group to write a multiyear strategic plan for the county.
During the review, consultants will take input from officials and community members to determine the county's priorities.
For Board Chairman Jim Warren, that means ensuring the county's financial security and managing infrastructure growth as Sarpy County continues to expand.
“This is just a starting point to get the county to begin thinking strategically,” he said.
Lead consultant Marla Flentje will interview board members, elected officials and community leaders to gather advice on the direction the county should take, according to a draft letter of understanding between Austin Peters and the county.
The plan could see a board vote as early as June, said Scott Bovick, deputy county administrator.
In this respect, Sarpy would be ahead of Douglas County, which doesn't have a strategic plan, though County Administrator Patrick Bloomingdale supports the concept.
The Austin Peters Group has developed strategic plans for dozens of local governments in several states, including the City of La Vista.
Bellevue, too, has had a strategic plan in place since 2009. City Councilwoman Carol Blood said the planning approach has helped the city achieve several key initiatives, such as Green Bellevue.
“A municipality or a county without a strategic plan is basically just paying bills,” she said. “You have to have a unified vision.”
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